Your Best Prohormone Alternatives!

Prohormones were forever sent into oblivion. Now, athletes are searching for something new. Learn more.

It seemed like an eternity: the prohormone bill dragged through the House of Representatives and the Senate until it finally reached the desk of President George W. Bush. On one fateful day, and with one decisive pen stroke, prohormones were banned. The public didn't debate, there was no balanced opposition to the claims of special-interest groups, and the bill passed to the praise of all. Prohormones were forever sent into oblivion.

Do alternatives exist?

First, the bad news: prohormones are gone. Do not expect to find them on the black market.

Now, the good news: alternatives exist.

Read on to learn about these alternatives.

About The Alternatives

Bodybuilding science is founded on innovation. Here are some innovative products that you can use to meet your fitness goals.

Creatine Ethyl Ester (CEE) *studies given on creatine monohydrate. Benefits believed to be same for Creatine Ethyl Ester.
  • Boosts testosterone
  • Increases lean muscle mass1
  • Improves power generation
  • Enhances exercise performance2
  • Enhances muscle recovery
Nitric Oxide (NO2)
  • Improves power generation
  • Increases energy levels
  • Enhances exercise performance
  • Enhances nutrient delivery to muscle tissue
  • Increases muscle pumps
Tribulus Terrestris
  • Increase free form testosterone levels
  • Stimulate leutenizing hormone secretion
  • Increases feelings of well-being
  • Improves muscle density
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Increases strength
  • Increases muscle recovery
  • A creatine pre-cursor
  • Helps support creatine production
  • Increases muscular strength
  • Increases lean muscle mass
Creatine Alpha-Ketoglutarate Ecedysterone
  • Increases testosterone levels
  • Helps with fat loss
  • Increases feelings of well-being
  • Enhances nitrogen retention
  • Maintains the free amino acid pool
  • Increases growth hormone levels
  • Helps with fat loss
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Increases strength
  • Protects the immune system
Ipriflavone (7-isopropoxy-isoflavone) Methoxyisoflavone (5-methyl-7-methoxy-isoflavone)
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increase strength
  • Increases energy levels
  • Enhances recovery
  • Anti-catabolic
  • Promotes weight gain
  • Supports healthy prostate function
  • Supports maximum testosterone levels
  • Enhances recovery
  • Preserves lean muscle mass
  • Increases strength
  • Moderately inhibits estrogen function
  • Indirectly increases testosterone levels
  • May increase strength
  • May increase lean muscle mass
  • Inhibitor of estrogen
  • Changes testosterone: estrogen ratio
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Helps with fat loss
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Increases feelings of well-being
  • Is a hormone precursor
  • Can increase strength
  • Can increase muscle tone
  • Can improve mood
  • Can help with fat loss
Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (A-AKG)
  • Nitric Oxide precursor
  • Increases nitric oxide levels
  • Increases muscle pump
Arginine HCL
  • Can cause massive increases in nitric oxide production, which dramatically increases blood flow and nutrient delivery.
Avena Sativa
  • Supports normal healthy testosterone levels
  • Protects the immune system
LongJack / Tongkat Ali
  • Can boost sexual function3
  • Can boost athletic performance4
  • Boosts testosterone production
  • Enhances muscle tone
  • Increases strength
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Can increase lean muscle mass
  • Can support fat loss
Glutamine Alpha-Ketoglutarate
  • Is a glutamine precursor that enters the muscle cell for superior absorption and cell volumization.
Arginine Ethyl Ester
  • Increased delivery of NO2
  • Enhances muscle pump
  • Enhances delivery of nutrients to muscles
  • Increased strength
  • Increased focus
  • Increased recovery
Rhodiola Rosea
  • Helps to prevent over-training
  • Increases feelings of well-being
4-Hydroxy Isoleucine
  • Supports healthy blood sugar
  • Helps protect the brain
  • May help in fat loss
Vitex Agnus Castus
  • Can increase in male prolactin levels5
  • Supports Healthy sexual activity
  • Enhances energy
  • Stimulates immune function
  • Can enhance recovery

Using any one of these supplements will give you great results, but even greater effect may be seen by using a combination of products at the same time.

Each of the products in this chart contain one or more of the ingredients listed in the first chart. They are known to work well.

The recommendations in this article are so made under the following assumptions:

  1. You are eating correctly
  2. You are exercising correctly
  3. You are recovering correctly
  4. You are using fundamental supplements like protein and multivitamins

Final Thoughts?

Prohormones are banned. If you didn't beat the prohormone ban, the alternative supplements listed can help.


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